Edmen Shahbazyan
Draws Marshman in July
MiddleweightUFC
April 11, 2019
Shahbazyan will take on Jack Marshman in a middleweight matchup at UFC 239 on July 6 in Las Vegas, Nolan King of Flocombat reports.
ANALYSIS
Shahbazyan is off to a roaring start to his UFC career, winning his debut in a fight where he recorded eight takedowns, and following it up with a 38-second KO victory over Charles Byrd. His next opponent is a .500 fighter who lands just 2.69 significant strikes per minute and has virtually no wrestling to speak of. It could be another stepping stone for the 21-year-old who some refer to as "The Golden Boy."
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Destroys Charles Byrd in 38 seconds
MiddleweightUFC
March 2, 2019
Shahbazyan defeated Charles Byrd via TKO (strikes) at 0:38 of Round 1 at UFC 235 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
That's one way to make a statement. Shahbazyan remains undefeated as a professional, with nine of his 10 career victories coming via knockout. Shahbazyan, who won't turn 22 years age until November, is the third-youngest fighter on the UFC roster. His youth, power, and frame (6-foot-2) make him a prime breakout candidate at 185 pounds. Shahbazyan is a protege of Ronda Rousey and Edmond Tarverdyan.
Added to UFC 235 card
MiddleweightUFC
January 25, 2019
Shahbazyan will taken on Charles Byrd at UFC 235 in Las Vegas on March 2, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.
ANALYSIS
The 21-year-old is undefeated in eight professional matches. He defeated Darren Stewart at the TUF 28 Finale in November, his first UFC event. Prior to that, he'd won seven matches in a row by first-round TKO. Byrd also faced Stewart in his most recent match, losing to him at UFC 228 in September.
Shows new wrinkle in UFC debut
MiddleweightUFC
November 30, 2018
Shahbazyan defeated Darren Stewart via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale in Las Vegas on Friday.
ANALYSIS
What little tape existed on Shahbazyan prior to this fight showed him to be a heavy-handed striker but the 21-year-old threw Stewart a curveball by engaging in a grapple-heavy attack for the duration of the contest. Stewart had a window in the third round as Shahbazyan began to get tired but he was able to survive by cutting the corner on a double-leg takedown and grounding his opponent as time expired. Shahbazyan is managed by former women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, which should get him plenty of attention. It remains to be seen if he will be able to see sustained success under the bright lights. He moves to 8-0 in his professional career as a result of the victory.
Quick TKO earns UFC contract
MiddleweightUFC
July 20, 2018
Shahbazyan defeated Antonio Jones via TKO (punches) at 0:40 of Round 1 at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series, earning a UFC contract following the victory.
ANALYSIS
A quick knockout is the best way to get Dana White's attention, and the 20-year-old middleweight did just that. Shahbazyan improved to 7-0 with the win, with most of those victories coming under the banner of California Xtreme Fighting. All seven of those wins have a lot in common, as each were earned via a technical knockout with his fists within the first round. It remains to be seen how he fares against UFC-caliber competition, but Shahbazyan could eventually make a splash in an aging, top-heavy middleweight division. He won't turn 21 years old until November.